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Family Y Jump Starts Summer with Healthy Kids Day

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Healthy Kids Day, a free community event for kids and families, took place Saturday morning at the Westport Weston Family Y. The Y’s downtown facility was bustling with fun, active play and educational activities aimed at helping parents improve their children’s lifestyles for the long term.

Units from Westport’s Police and Fire Departments and the Westport Emergency Medical Service are also on the scene along Church Lane. In the photo at right, young Rory got a special treat – a seat on a police motorcycle, while his Dad, Brendan, and officers Craig Kupson and Allen Damura look on.

A leading charitable nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Family Y holds Healthy Kids Day to teach healthy habits and inspire a lifetime love of physical activity through active play. As part of this initiative, the Y – along with hundreds of thousands of parents and kids nationwide – is taking on summer by addressing critical gaps in health and education that cause kids to be at risk for childhood obesity and suffer summer learning loss.

“At the Westport Weston Family Y we know that when the school year ends, many kids lose exposure to activities that keep them moving and learning. Healthy Kids Day will help parents begin thinking early about what their kids need to stay physically and intellectually active in the summer,” said Meaghan George, Camp and Youth Director. “Summer is just around the corner and is an ideal time for kids to get out and grow so they are healthier and sharper when the next school year begins.”

For more information the Family Y’s summertime opportunities for children, from Camp Mahackeno to summer Sports & Recreation programs to our Hafaday Summer Swim Lessons, visit www.westporty.org or contact Meg George at 203-226-8981, ext. 179 or mgeorge@westporty.org.

Enjoy this photo gallery of the morning’s fun…

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